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Mar 5, 2017

I am so excited to bring you today’s episode which I have called-  Failing with Anne Vervarcke. Anne is a Belgian homeopath, she’s been in practice for 30 years and brought a wealth of insights and experience to our conversation.  As well as being a long-time homeopathic educator, she is the creator of The Vital Approach. 

In thinking about guests to have this year as I explore the theme of learning through our failures, I considered homeopaths who have been innovative in their approach. I believe that innovation and experimentation are the cousins of failure, because when we don’t get the results we want, either through outright failure, OR knowing that we could do better, that feeds our desire and motivation to look more carefully at our process and try something new.

If you’ve been a long-time listener of the podcast, you might remember that in the introduction to the podcast - pre episode 1-Ii quoted quite a bit from Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist.

Here’s a quote that goes well with my conversation with Anne. Austin Kleon writes-

“When we love a piece of work, we’re desperate for more. We crave sequels.Why not channel that desire into something productive?

Think about your favorite work and your creative heroes.

What did they miss?

What didn’t they make?

What could’ve been made better?

A wonderful flaw about human beings is that we’re incapable of making perfect copies.

Our failure to copy our heroes is how we discover where our own thing lives.

That is how we evolve”


I love this, because Anne practiced the Sensation method for years, but came to find that it needed tweaking. The results for her patients and also her students was not what she wanted. She needed to do something different- not a whole new method, but like you graft a new variety of fruit tree onto the scion of the old, she created the Vital Approach.

I don't know if Anne would see it that way, but I think all of the innovative approaches in homeopathy right now fit well with this metaphor of the new variety on the old scion-

the oldest scion of course being the original teachings and methods of Hahnemann. But from that, we now have a very diverse ecosystem indeed.

And I think you will hear in my conversation with Anne how we found much common ground, though I have a different approach that is unique to my way of working and influenced by the teachers I’ve had.

I’m looking forward to listening to this conversation many times over, and I hope you find value in it as well.

Check out more from Anne Vervarcke at her website:

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I’ll sign off with one more quote, and until next time, be well and stay observant!

From Kent’s Aphorisms:

“You must feel and see the internal nature of your patient as the artist sees and feels the picture he is painting. He feels it. Study to feel the economy, the life, the soul.”